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August 23, 2017 / The Trailhead / Casey Andrews

"Look Mom!” I cried. “Bison!”

We were heading to the geysers [in Yellowstone National Park], but when we rounded the corner we saw a field of bison.

February 10, 2017 / The Trailhead / Cara Lommen

Photo: Philip A. Dwyer, Bellingham Herald

December 15, 2016 / Outdoor Advocacy with Martin LeBlanc / Martin LeBlanc

What could possibly connect a timid young woman from Compton, California and an Arctic Youth Ambassador from the disappearing village of Shishmaref, Alaska?

November 21, 2016 / Outdoor Advocacy with Martin LeBlanc / Martin LeBlanc

The sunset was starting to go down above the limestone cliffs in Bai Tu Long Bay off the coast of Vietnam last night.

August 18, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

Jaysanna started the push to the top.  As the only Fresh Tracks participant from Arctic Village, she knew what was waiting for us on the ridge.  “When you get above the trees,” she said.  “You can see everything.”  Her energy spread through the group.  We shook out our arms, zipped up our packs, and started the final ascent.  There was

August 16, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

We have come as far from home as this journey will take us.

August 11, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

Fresh Tracks is in Alaska! After five action-packed days in Los Angeles, we boarded a northbound flight to continue this epic journey of outdoor exploration, cultural sharing, workforce education, and service learning.

August 11, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

Today Fresh Tracks has been all about Civic Engagement – one of the pillars of our experience, along with outdoor exploration, cultural sharing, and workforce education. Civic Engagement is much more than a one-day topic for the Fresh Tracks crew. It is one of the keys to creating positive change in our communities.

August 09, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

When you’re day starts at Zumiez, ends at In-N-Out Burger, and in the middle includes an interactive workshop on personal branding from branding expert BeNeca Griffin – that’s a pretty great day. 

August 08, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

Jared Savage of Compton had never been to the top of a mountain. Jaysanna Wiehl of Arctic Village Alaska had never touched sand. On Sunday, that all changed.

August 07, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

Leadership, cultural sharing, outdoor exploration, and workforce education are all big Fresh Tracks themes – and all were a big part of our first full day in Los Angeles. The day began with leadership training, led by Dr.

August 05, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

Day three of Fresh Tracks and the bonding continues with the participants gathered on IslandWood’s grassy Dining Hall meadow, winging stuffed Angry Birds at each other – all in the name of harmony and cultural sharing, of course.

August 04, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

If we told you Fresh Tracks would include inspiring life lessons from Zumiez co-founder Tom Campion, IslandWood Board Member Nate Miles, and Risk Management Expert Steve Smith; opportunities for cultural sharing and leadership development; a Samoan dance demonstration; an ascent above the tree line,

August 03, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

We’ve come this far by plane and bus – why not a ferry?

August 03, 2016 / Graduate Residency Program / Thatcher Heldring

Fresh Tracks is on the move again!  From the airport, we went straight to REI in Seattle.  In the sunlit north room , we circled up for an orientation and introductions.  Juan Martinez welcomed the group.

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